Been a less exciting couple of months, but a few Jeep and adventure related updates:
It was a good Christmas at the Marsh household, and I picked up an inverter for the JK so we could do this:
Also used the YJ to transport a friend's deer for cleaning and the JK to pick up my very first deer! A small button buck, but I was happy!
Our Corgi had his 3rd (aka 21st) birthday, so we got him a keg!
The YJ was due for inspection, but while pulling it out of the driveway it started puking fuel everywhere. Opened the hood to find the fuel rail supply hose had a hole in it, as did the CCV tube, which had fallen down.
I presume the vacuum hose fell off and rubbed on the water pump, judging by where the hole was, and may have nicked the fuel line in the process.
.....or maybe I'll just blame and shoot the squirrels in the yard. Who knows.
Ordered a JY hose and bought a replacement nylon hose. Hopefully installing that this weekend.
Surprisingly "blah" news on the JK. The stock set of tires is almost ready for replacement at an impressive 70k. Probably still got another 10 on them, even. Go 5-tire rotations!
However, I've been fretting and worrying about what size/aggressiveness/terrain replacements I should go with and how freaking much tires cost when I finally decided that I didn't want to go larger because it's already a pig on the highway with abysmal gas mileage, but no way I was going to go smaller, and with how it's used, I needed to keep Mud Terrains on it. Luckily, I found a set of 5 2014 Rubicon take-offs with 100 miles without wheels (I don't want to pay for something I'm not going to use) for $800. I looked a while ago and could not find anything that cheap, so I jumped at the chance and got them. Very happy. So for now they're stacked in garage (cause I have the room ) until it's time to replace them!
Feels kind of ho-hum to replace without upgrading or even changing, but definitely a good purchase.
Also installed my Dad's Christmas present to Dianna, as she is constantly complaining that she misses her dash-top storage of her old Mazda. (And my father grew increasingly concerned when she kept staring at the GPS in her lap, ha ha)
Lastly, I leave you with our Christmas card for the year and our family picture...just because, ha ha.
Flushed the heater core on the JK now that the weather has actually been cold.
The JK stopped putting out heat probably two years ago or so, but because we live in Texas, it's not really a huge issue. But lately the temperature has been below freezing, so Dianna asked me to take a look.
I did some research and it turns out Chrysler left casting sand in a number of the blocks for our year. Opened up the system and...yup...sand in the radiator. And the heater core had acted like a filter and caught all of it.
So I ended up purchasing a reversible drill-powered pump for like $12 from harbor freight
I disconnected the lines, filled the core with radiator flush, let it sit for half an hour, then ran the pump for like 3 minutes alternating direction every 30 seconds or so to backflush. Then I disconnected the hoses and used a garden hose to flush out all the gunk that had been freed up.
I originally tried using just a hose and got *nothing* out. Using the pump I ended up with brown sludge. *Major* difference.
I repeated the procedure 3 or 4 times until I used all the radiator flush and *wow*...major difference.
It went from slightly luke-warm after the engine was all the way hot, to not being able to hold my hand in front of it for longer than a few seconds.
Wow That's a pretty major QC issue to just leave buyers to deal with. Were there any bulletins or anything? Also, would you go on record as also saying happier life?
Yeah, apparently you can have it fixed under warranty, but a) I finally investigated the issue a month after our warranty expired and b) when they do fix it under warranty, they immediately resort to replacing the heater core, which, since it involves taking apart the whole front end, usually takes weeks of them having it and leaves it with all sorts of squeaks and rattles after.
No bulletins that I'm aware, although apparently when other owners mentioned it to the dealership, they seemed to know exactly what was wrong.
I've seen that HF pump in multiple forums recently... seems to be hot ****. I read one review on GarageJournal (www.garagejournal.com if you need a new forum to occupy your time... it's basically build threads of garages/barns/tools/shops/etc) but there was a guy saying his company will use the HF pump with an 18v drill to pump fuel to a 2nd story window and fuel up a gas unit up there. So the power is enough to send fuel vertically. Pretty bad *** for under $20.
Glad to hear you're staying warm... I'm not sure how much longer I can stand the cold up here.
1) The JK's heater core is leaking after the flush. It's not leaking a ton and it's only leaking onto the Monstaliner. As such, I'm in no real huge rush to fix it, ha ha.
2) Replaced the parking brake shoes on the YJ today. Sucked every bit as much as people say. I did it without taking the axle shafts out, though, which made parts pretty difficult, but way easier overall than opening up the diff and doing all that junk. It was all sort of worthless though. Turns out the shoes were perfectly fine. The 8.8 parking brake was a) not adjusted and b) completely worthless, even when properly adjusted. If you think you might need to replace yours...just don't.
3) Trying to finish up vehicle/garage stuff 'cause I figure I'll end up being very short for time very soon. Kid in T-minus-2 months! (May 8!)
So I went to get the YJ inspected the other day and on the way it started puking oil. (Note: This is the third time my Jeep has started puking fluid on the way to get inspected. It must feel violated by the inspections or something, as it tries really hard not to have to go.)
Turns out it was the $&*$$@!*% oil pressure sending unit AGAIN!!!! This is like the 6th one I've put in. The last one had a lifetime warranty too, but I don't have any Autozones near me here in TX, so I just ended up buying another lifetime warranty one from O'Reilly's. That way no matter where it breaks down next, it's free, ha ha.
Anyhow, hoping to get it inspected tomorrow morning, as the only time I am around during normal business hours is Saturday morning. (Businesses out here close on Sundays and close on Saturdays by noon. It's crazy). Hasn't been on the road in over 7 months, so fingers crossed!
Last time I tried to get it inspected, no place within a 40 minute radius had their '95 older emissions testing equipment running. So after searching every place in town, I finally consigned to driving the 40 minutes to Lake Jackson.
Halfway there, my turn signals start going haywire. F*ck. Again!?
So I turned back and after much prodding and checking ohms and continuity, I finally decided to consult the manual. Forgot there's a relay that controls the blinker.
Replaced it on the kicker fuse panel and boom, fixed.
New one installed in kicker panel
Drove to Lake Jackson, found a place that could do my emissions, and she passed with flying colors!